An 8.9-magnitude earthquake—the strongest in recorded Japanese history—has hit the country’s eastern coast, leaving in its wake a devastating tsunami with reverberations (thankfully mostly harmless) as far as Hawaii and the California coast.
Thoughts go out to any Wesleyan students in Japan or with friends, family, or loved ones in Japan. Wesleyan presently has four approved study abroad programs in Japan; according to a recent study abroad spreadsheet, two juniors are currently at Kansai Gaidai University—located in Osaka, thankfully far from the center of current earthquake devastation. One of these students, SL ’12, has already updated her Facebook to assure friends that she is safe.
Following are some helpful links in the immediate response to the crisis. Comment with any updates, clarifications, links, or assurances.
- Key Details and Ongoing Breaking Coverage (MSNBC)
- Google Crisis Response Center
- Google Person Finder Tool
UPDATE: Yushi Ohmori ’11 sends in this extremely helpful aggregation of links to donation and aid agencies involved in providing assistance to Japan.